COMIC TITLE: Youngblood Strikefile #1 (1993)
Rob Liefeld and Jae Lee – Artist
Rob Liefeld and Eric Stephenson– Writer
I like to often remind people and myself the reasons why I started this challenge and that was to check out new and past comic books that looked interesting. Sometimes, I don’t always get to check out the comic books that I planned to for any reason possible. That is why, I have decided to check out some of those said comic books and we are checking out one from a legendary writer/artist whose creation is paying dividends for Marvel. those of you who do not know who Rob Liefeld is, you should be ashamed because he is the creator of Deadpool as well as today’s comic in Youngblood Strikefile #1. Along with Eric Stephenson (They’re Not Like Us) as a co-writer and Jae Lee (Inhumans) as a co-illustrator on one story, the comic was released in April of 1993 by Image. In the story Diehard, Glory tells the story of the original Youngblood team and then informs the new crew that one of the originals was taken. In the story Chapel, Chapel and a young Al Simmons (Spawn) have gone through hell and back working for a man known as Jason Wynn. Years later and Wynn wants to use the Youngblood team for his own personal greed, but Chapel refuses and Wynn threatens him with something that could publicly destroy him, but what is it?
One thing that I will say about the comic and it’s one of the ore obvious observations I have ever made, but the comic has the look and feel of an X-Men comic as far as artwork is concerned. I know that is a pretty obvious observation considering he was hot off the heels of working on Deadpool so it’s understandable. The two stories are kind of too brief for me because you start getting into one of them and then it ends. They are also trying to fit two stories into one comic and meanwhile I’m just trying to figure out how they were connected. I have to ask one question, why does every team or person’s origin always have to start around World War II? Captain America, Wonder Woman, and even Youngblood seemed to get their start at that time. You have Diehard who is basically your Cap while Glory looks like your Wonder Woman and she is even Amazonian to boot. I am not taking any points away for that because every comic company has been doing that since the beginning anyways. I’m definitely going to try and find more issues because I want to see where they go with it. Check out my grades below:
Character Representation: A
Entertainment Value: A